White Denim – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia Pa.

I was told that Austin, Tx. band White Denim was “so much fun” before I headed out to see them play with Tapes ‘n Tapes on Tuesday night at the Church. And well… under-fucking-statement.

From the moment Joshua Block (right) sat at his drum kit, Steve Terebecki picked up his bass and James Petralli (below) took his place in front of the microphone holding his guitar, the basement of the Church exploded with an atomic energy and chaos. Most impressive was Block, who I can only compare to Animal (yeah, the Muppet), thought far more intelligible, on the drums. Homeboy is a beast. He goes crazy, making White Denim all the better.

White Denim took what I call the “Man Man approach” to their live show — the three powered through song after song, barely taking a minute to catch their breathes. At only one instant did Petralli stop the band from continuing on to the next song, he needed to regain his balance and breath after a “hard jump, dude.” I was absolutely impressed by the tight and precise instrumentation maintained while all three members of White Denim were going crazy on stage.

If the First Unitarian Church is the house that rock built, then White Denim tore that shit down to the ground Tuesday night, then rebuilt it tighter, harder and more solid. Block, Petralli and Terebecki displayed both great musicianship and showmanship, turning Tuesday night into one of the most fun and exciting concerts I’ve been to. You must, Must, MUST catch White Denim when they come your way. Check out tour dates below!

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Tour Dates:
4/25 – The Earl – Atlanta, Georgia
4/26 – Cafe 11 – St. Augustine, Florida
4/28 – The Social – Orlando, Florida
4/29 – Common Grounds – Gainesville, Florida
4/30 – Bottletree – Birmingham, Alabama
5/02 – Antone’s – Austin, Texas
5/03 – Hailey’s – Denton, Texas
5/06 – Club Congress – Tucson, Arizona
5/07 – The Casbah – San Diego, California
5/08 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, California
5/09 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, California
5/10 – Fillmore – San Francisco, California
5/12 – W.O.W. Hall – Eugene, Oregon
5/13 – Richards on Richards – Vancouver, B.C., Canada
5/14 – The Showbox – Seattle, Washington
5/16 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, Utah
5/17 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, Colorado

White Denim: website | myspace

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